I'm originally from Manchester. I trained in journalism in London and over several decades worked for a variety of national newspapers and magazines as a writer and subeditor, including The Guardian (News, Business, Features, Arts); The Observer (News, Business); The Times (as a classical music critic, and in Arts, Features, News, Opinion, Obituaries); The Sunday Times (News, Business); The Times Online (night editor); The London Evening Standard (Londoner's Diary); and Classic FM Magazine (as deputy editor). I've also freelanced for Time Warner Books, the UN University, the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, and BBC School Radio. I now live near Windermere in the Lake District with my wife, two teenage children and over-friendly labrador, and work with a range of clients, from creative writers, to PR & digital marketing agencies, to NGOs and CEOs. As for my creative projects, subsequent to publishing my first novel, Dances with the Daffodils (see below), two novels will be out in 2022, as will more poetry set to music set to video. If you have a creative project you'd like to discuss, please contact me below. For music composition I work in Logic Pro X and for video Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro. For creative writing I use Word, Scrivener and Final Draft 12. For typesetting/publishing I use Adobe InDesign and Affinity Photo/Designer/Publisher.
Praise for Dances with the Daffodils
“Classy romantic stuff ... and genuinely poetic.”
“I feel as if I've discovered a long-lost Thomas Hardy manuscript.”
“Beautiful, evocative, captivating.”
“Set to become a classic, hold on to your copy!”
“The book is charming, witty and sensitive.”
“It has a real touch of Dickens and Balzac. Wonderful!”
"Moved me in ways I've never been moved by literature before."
"A real delight!"
NEWSPAPERS & MAGAZINES
(a selection of material published)
(former classical music critic)
Northern Soul (Manchester-based web magazine)
POEMS TO MUSIC TO VIDEO